Fun Facts Friday: Shelby Foote

Shelby Foote (17 November, 1916 – 27 June, 2005) was an American historian and novelist known for his landmark work on the American Civil War. Books by Shelby Foote* ShelbyDade Foote was born in Greenville, MS, as the only child of a local businessman. Isaac Shelby, a leader in the American revolution and first and fifth governor […]

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Book Review: The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

A story of adventure and a fascinating tale brought to life by a talented writer.

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Giveaway & Book Review: Bruce Lee Words of the Dragon: Interviews and Conversations 1958-1973 edited by John Little

The strength of this book, I felt, was in the interesting footnotes the editor provided at the end of each chapter

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Book Review: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

This is a tense and ugly story, but it sucks you in.

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Fun Facts Friday: John P. Marquand

John P. Marquand (10 November, 1893 – 15 July, 1960 was an American writer and Pulitzer Prize winner. He is known for his spy stories featuring Mr. Moto. Books by John P. Marquand* 1)      Mr. Marquand was born in Wilmington, DE but grew up in the Massachusetts. 2)      He was the great-nephew of Margaret Fuller, a writer from […]

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Book Review: The Christian Fallacy: The Real Truth About Jesus and the Early History of Christianity by Paul McGrane

I really enjoyed that the author didn’t just look at historical contexts, but also at political and social contexts at the time the texts were written.

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Graphic Novel Review: Wolverine: Old Man Logan by Mark Millar

I have wanted to read Wolverine: Old Man Logan by Mark Millar (illustrated by Steve McNiven) for a while now, since it tops almost every “top 10” list when it comes to graphic novels

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Fun Facts Friday: Gustaf Tenggren

Gustaf Tenggren (3 November, 1896 – 9 April, 1970) was an illustrator born in Sweden, but lived most of his life in the United States. 1) Born in Sweden, Mr. Tenggren got a painting scholarship to the art school in Gothenburg. 2) He was a successful illustrator specializing in Swedish folklore and fairy tales. 3) […]

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Book Review: A Voice Called: Stories of Jewish Heroism by Yossi Katz

Book Review: A Voice Called: Stories of Jewish Heroism by Yossi Katz

Disclaimer: I got this book as an ARC in exchange for a review. “A Voice Called” is the kind of book I used to love as a kid, and still do. Sometimes you just don’t know if you’re interested in something and are looking for a short summary about a subject to see if you […]

Book Review: His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

Book Review: His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

I got this book as a gift.   I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away. “His Excellency: George Washington” is an overview of Washington’s life, the important decisions he made and why did he make them. Mr. Ellis’ research […]

Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I got this book as from the local library.  Will traveling around the world help Elizabeth Gilbert deal with depression? Maybe, it certainly couldn’t hurt and it’s sure worth finding out. Eat, Pray, Love is a 2006 memoir of Ms. Gilbert which chronicles her trip around the world after her divorce and takes the reader […]

Book Review: Purge by Sofi Oksanen

Book Review: Purge by Sofi Oksanen

I borrowed this book from my mother. “Purge” is a fictional story tells the story of three generations of Estonian women (and the men in their lives).The book chapters jump in time to tell the tale of some horrifying events in their lives which correspond to the historical events which take Estonia, in general, and […]

Handmade Disney Autograph Books

Handmade Disney Autograph Books

I made them autograph books made of wood and it occurred to me that many bibliophiles might appreciate it.

Book Review: Delilah by India Edghill

Book Review: Delilah by India Edghill

I borrowed this book from the local public library. This attempt at biblical fiction not a re-telling of the story of Samson, but a complete overhaul of the familiar story – a re-imagining if you will. The bible doesn’t tell us much about Samson’s wife, or even Delilah (except that she was beautiful, Samson’s love, […]

Book Review: The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier by Imtiaz Gul

Book Review: The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier by Imtiaz Gul

Disclaimer – The book I read is an advanced uncorrected proof which I received for free. The book gets its title from a speech President Obama made on March, 2009: “For the American people, this border region has become the most dangerous place in the world,” This scrupulous coverage of Pakistan was written by the […]

Book Review: An Inconvenient Elephant: A Novel by Judy Reene Singer

Book Review: An Inconvenient Elephant: A Novel by Judy Reene Singer

Disclaimer: I got this book as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) for free An Inconvenient Elephant by Judy Reene Singer a fictional story is about Neelie Sterling, an American who has spent a year in Africa taking care of baby elephants and, due to the volatile political climate in Africa, is forced to come back […]

Book Review: The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman

Book Review: The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman

Disclaimer: I got this eBook for free from http://www.downloadthedarkness.com// The Painted Darkness is a short novella about Henry, a person with an overactive imagination. The story alternates between present day, where Henry – now a man and an accomplished artist and his five year old self. When Henry was five he experienced and witnessed a […]

Graphic Novel Revew: The Impostor’s Daughter: A True Memoir by Laurie Sandell

Graphic Novel Revew: The Impostor’s Daughter: A True Memoir by Laurie Sandell

Disclaimer: I got this book for free. “The Impostor’s Daughter: A True Memoir” by Laurie Sandell tells her coming of age story in the shadow of her father. The book is in a graphic memoir (read: comic book format) and seems to be poignant and honest. We meet Laurie as a young girl who is […]

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